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Graphics Accelerators

Graphics Accelerators

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Published by: Akshay Diwakar on Feb 13, 2011
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Graphics Accelerators 
 
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The functional purpose of a GPU, is to provideseparate dedicated graphics resources, includinga graphics processor and memory, to relievesome of the burden off of the main systemresources, which would otherwise get saturatedwith graphical operations and I/O requests.
The abstract goal of a GPU, however, is to enablea representation of a 3D world as realistically aspossible. So these GPUs are designed to provideadditional computational power that iscustomized specifically to perform these 3D tasks.
 
 Wha 
 t Is A GPU?
 A Graphics Processing Unit 
(
GPU) is amicroprocessor that has been designed specificallyfor the processing of 3D graphics.
The processor is built with integrated transform,lighting, triangle setup/clipping, and renderingengines, capable of handling millions of math-intensive processes per second.
GPUs form the heart of modern graphics cards,relieving the CPU
(
central processing units) of muchof the graphics processing load.

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